As if dealing with a very visible eye infection as an adult wasn’t uncomfortable enough, NBC’s Bob Costas — who has hosted the Olympic broadcast since 1988 — had the great displeasure of going through this ordeal on national TV.
That means Costas will soon be subbed out in favor of “Today” host Matt Lauer, NBC announced this morning. It also means Costas has become the subject of a million unflattering memes, many of them involving zombies.
A sampling of what the merciless Internet hordes have come up with (and after this we promise to leave the poor guy alone):
Bob Costas has red eyes. So did the bloodhound that won the hound group at the Westminster Dog Show. Who’s redder? pic.twitter.com/je8myWzsS2— SB Nation (@sbnation) February 11, 2014
Bob Costas was on the Today Show this morning and was quoted as saying ″YYYYAAAWWGGGGHHHLLL!!!!” ….. pic.twitter.com/iBGPQxCfS3— Sean Pendergast (@SeanCablinasian) February 11, 2014
Wow, Bob Costas. pic.twitter.com/kGILXHHom9— Jose Pistola’s (@JosePistolas) February 11, 2014
I posted this last night, I’ll post it again: Bob Costas probably looks like Kano from mortal kombat today pic.twitter.com/eYn1t4JRMg— Patrick Fenelon (@Patrick_Fenelon) February 11, 2014
Holy crap Bob Costas’s eyes! pic.twitter.com/Axr1uE85uY— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) February 11, 2014
Matt Lauer will be filling in for Bob Costas tonight on NBC’s Olympics coverage. Bob’s eye issue has gotten worse pic.twitter.com/C07Uy9Zexb— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) February 11, 2014
If Bob Costas was a frog. pic.twitter.com/HQ35JBls76— Trey (@3rdsworld) February 11, 2014
Bob Costas is not happy about being replaced. pic.twitter.com/O8qAhUUid0— Tim (@ffhovat) February 11, 2014
The Bob Costas robot is malfunctioning. Good thing this isn’t live tv. pic.twitter.com/mP02Nsprgn— Trey (@3rdsworld) February 11, 2014
Costas, at least, seems to be taking it all in stride. Last night he took a shot of vodka on the air — which, sadly, did not improve his condition.
“I’m not really that much of a vodka guy,” Costas said. “I’m looking at it this way though — my eyes can’t get any redder — no matter what I do.” To your health, Bob!